Cruise aboard the magnificent Amacello, October 3, 2019 with Alistair and Aron Veen.
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Alistair Veen is an award-winning Sommelier and top restauranteur in Surrey, British Columbia. He and his wife Aron are the consummate hosts and owners of Tap Restaurant. In the fall of 2019, they will extend their warm and gracious hospitality and rich expertise, creating a wine tour of a lifetime to the South of France. This spectacular tour is layered with many special touches including private tastings, farm to table market excursions and much more.
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CRUISE FROM: Lyon to Arles
From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Starting from Lyon, France’s culinary capital, savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Enjoy hunting for truffles, refining your Provençal cooking skills, and learning how to pair chocolate with wine. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Avignon and be inspired!
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
Aron & Alistair Veen
Culinary, Wine & Travel Experts!
Travel with them to the Rhone Valley in October 2019!
Alistair's culinary journey began at the age of 15 when he took on his first job cooking at a restaurant. A few years later, he used his culinary skills to help pay his way through university.It soon became clear though that his love for cooking had surpassed his desire for a chemical engineering degree. He formalized his culinary training, earning the top spot in his Red Seal Chef class. As a teenager, Aron developed a love of restaurant life and after high school she completed VCC’s Hospitality Management Diploma.
Alistair and Aron met in their early 20s at Earls on Robson Street where Aron was the day manager and Alistair was the executive chef. Their love for food, wine, and each other grew quickly, and after a tour of duty at corporate downtown restaurants, they had an opportunity to buy Tap Restaurant in 2006. They moved to South Surrey and fell in love with their new community and its budding food scene. Alistair and Aron married in 2010 and spent their honeymoon travelling the regions of Champagne, Alsace and Burgundy, cementing their shared interest in food and wine.
Alistair is not only the owner and Executive Chef at Tap, he also serves as the restaurant’s Sommelier. Aron and Alistair completed ISG 1 + 2 and WSET Level Three together. Then while Aron was busy raising babies (- their son is currently 3.5 years and their daughter is 2 -), Alistair furthered his education by completing the first Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) course (earning the Champagne award along the way) and successfully challenging the certified exam the following day. In 2015 Alistair's exceptional wine knowledge led to him being named Best Sommelier of BC by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, BC Chapter. Alistair earned distinction in the French Wine Scholar program and became one of the 5% of candidates to pass the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced certification on his first try. In 2017 he competed at the National Sommelier Competition in French. He will write the Master Sommelier certification in July 2019 and has hopes to challenge the CCC Gold Seal culinary program as well. Aron is now back at the restaurant working as the Events + Catering Coordinator for the private dining room.
They continue to have plenty on their plate at Tap, including discovering exceptional wines from regions around the world and developing cuisine that pairs divinely with their cellar selections. They are very excited to blend their love of travel, wine and food and share amazing adventures with their customers! They hope you can join them as Tap travels to the Rhone Valley in October 2019.
All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply.
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EMBARKATION – LYON, FRANCE
Board your cruise in Lyon. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers as the ship moors overnight. (D)
Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you will be introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules.” During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time or join a guided bike tour through the city designed with cyclists in mind. (B,L,D)
COLLONGES – VIENNE
Travel to the Beaujolais wine region—known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones." Indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. Later set sail for Vienne, where you'll enjoy free time to explore the town. (B,L,D)
VIENNE – TOURNON
Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Take a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey—one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet. (B,L,D)
Wine and chocolate lovers will enjoy visiting Tournon located in the heart of Côtes du Rhône. You have a choice of three excursions. Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Château de Tournon for a presentation and tasting on the pairing of red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, take a hike through the vineyards of Tain l’Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you’ll sample some of the wines. (B,L,D)
Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes,” was the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its “Palais des Papes” was the equivalent of today’s Vatican. Depending on your interests, you have three options of excursions. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. Or if you prefer, visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine, and tapenades. During the afternoon, you can enjoy free time in Avignon; go on a bike tour; or go to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan. After visiting this enchanting Provencal town, go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond,” truffles, with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. (B,L,D)
AVIGNON - ARLES
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles enchants. For art lovers, you’ll wish to visit Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as “The Irises” and “Starry Night.” Many people consider Van Gogh’s Arles period to be the most creative of his career. Afterwards, go to the Carrières de Lumières, where you’ll be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound and history projected on the walls of caves. Alternatively, venture to the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence, followed by a visit to an olive farm where you’ll learn about age-old Provençal traditions from a master olive miller as well as sample the olive oil. During the afternoon, you can join a walking tour of Arles highlighting top sights, including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater, or take a guided bike tour to the Roman ruins. And for those who wish to delve further into Van Gogh’s Arles, join a special walking tour along with a visit to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, showcasing his legacy. (B,L,D)
ARLES – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your ship in Arles. (B)